Artist stories: Sue Kennedy

August 23, 2017

When I was very close to suicide, I decided in a split second to pick up a pen instead.  I started writing my journey through anxiety and depression.  Initially, my writing was intended to heal me, which it did thankfully.  It was important to share my journey with others in the form of a book […]

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Artist stories: Vijaya Sen

I am a qualified visual artist who has participated in 11 solo and group art exhibitions.   Art practice is an important part of healing and for my wellbeing.  Nature can be uplifting and inspiring, and art practice offers interesting technical challenges.  Art gets me motivated by doing drawings and gives me a reason to get […]

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Artist stories: Richard Bell

I am a Media and Arts Mental Health Advocate who publishes poetry works about my lived experience with schizophrenia.  My contemporary free-verse poetry and memoirs are auto-biographical.  I write for myself, as well as in the hope that others with similar issues can relate – at an emotional level.   I have published several lived-experience articles […]

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Artist stories: M. Sunflower

Art is the lens through which I interact with the world.  I’m a Sydney-based multimedia artist and activist, with Aboriginal (Dharug), Lebanese, Chinese and Irish convict ancestry. I’m disabled, unemployed, a woman of size, and from diverse cultural origins. Last year, I participated in a disability-led exhibition at Barangaroo, and was part of the International Day of People with a […]

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Artist stories: Kerry-Ann Chapman

I am a strong Wiradjuri woman and a passionate Peer Worker. As an art therapist and counselling student, I am dedicated to sharing my knowledge of how creative expression can be healing.  I enjoy helping others connect to their deep inner knowing and resources – grounded in kindness. My recovery is a conscious daily decision […]

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Artist stories: Jo Bailey

I was introduced to art a few years ago through an art therapy program at St John of God Hospital, Burwood.  I considered myself very unwell at the time after experiencing a trauma.  I was then diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, and began my journey towards wellness. The art therapist who ran […]

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Artist stories: Anne Naylor

As a Disability and Mental Health Advocate, with a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and qualifications in Australian Sign Language interpreting, I was named ‘2013 NSW Carer of the Year’.  I am a Teacher of the Deaf, a published author, and an award-winning artist with works on public display in the CADE Clinic at Royal […]

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Recovery in Art Exhibition at Parliament House

April 21, 2017

Recovery in Art is back and will be held in Parliament House, Sydney. The Exhibition will be open for public viewing Parliament House’s prestigious Fount Court gallery space from  29 August to 27 September 2017. This year’s Exhibition will serve as a visual symbolic reminder of the skills and abilities of mental health consumers to […]

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WayAhead shares the message of Recovery in Art 2017

February 3, 2017

Our Events and Projects Officer, Rachael Laidler, was recently interviewed on the subject of Being’s upcoming Recovery in Art Exhibition. Were very glad to see WayAhead sharing the messages of recovery and hope we showcase in our Recovery in Art Exhibition. “Being’s Annual Recovery in Art Exhibition traditionally a part of October’s Mental Health Month […]

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Recovery In Art 2017 Expressions of Interest

January 23, 2017

Recovery in Art 2017 Being is very proud to announce the Recovery in Art Exhibition will be taking place again in 2017. Recovery in Art is a celebration of positive role that artistic expression plays in many people’s mental health recovery journey. The team at Being are working toward hosting the 2017 Exhibition at Parliament […]

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